Friday 17 November 2017

Five things that will happen in politics this week

Taoiseach Enda Kenny with other members of Fine Gael outside Leinster House Photo: Douglas O’Connor
Taoiseach Enda Kenny with other members of Fine Gael outside Leinster House Photo: Douglas O’Connor
Kevin Doyle

Kevin Doyle

THE Dail meets for the first time since the election this week - here's five things to expect.

A lot of waffle

The independents TDs will march into and out of Enda Kenny and Micheál Martin’s offices with their shopping lists but don’t expect anybody to be commit to either man. One independent TD involved in the talks told “It’s all bullsh*t.”


A Ceann Comhairle will be elected

For the first time the chairperson of the Dáil will be elected by secret ballot. Fianna Fáil and Sinn Féin are trying to take the mystery out of the new arrangement by putting forward party nominated candidates which goes against the spirit of the so-called ‘reform’. But Independent TD Maureen O’Sullivan is emerging as the favourite.


Hundreds of selfies on the plinth

Thursday will be a big day for all the TDs, especially the first timers. Traditionally they arrive in Leinster House with their proud families in tow. It tends to be mayhem trying to get a bowl of soup in the Dáil bar.


Enda Kenny will become a caretaker Taoiseach

Once the Ceann Comhairle is elected all eyes will turn to the position of Taoiseach – but don’t expect any major developments. Enda Kenny will not have the numbers and neither will Micheál Martin so we’ll continue in political purgatory for another while.


A few lucky ministers will be given plane tickets out of here

The Department of Foreign Affairs is understood to be working on a list of ‘priority’ locations that ministers will travel to for St Patrick’s Day. The arrangements are all happening very late this year because of the election, although we do know that Enda Kenny will be going to Washington. Sources say the Government will be represented in between six and 10 cities. London and Sydney are thought to be on the list.

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